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List of notable or famous novelists from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Russia and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Russia is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Aleksandr Pushkin and Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov.

This historic novelists from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Russia?" These prominent novelists of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian novelists.

Use this list of renowned Russian novelists to discover some new novelists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (53 items)

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Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 38 (1799-1837) Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born ...more

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 90 (1918-2008) Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor ...more

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Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 62 (1883-1945) Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, nicknamed the Comrade Count, was a Russian and Soviet writer who wrote in many genres but specialized in science fiction and historical novels. During World War II, ...more

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Alexander Amfiteatrov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 76 (1862-1938) Alexander Valentinovich Amfiteatrov; was a Russian writer and historian.

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Alexander Belyayev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 58 (1884-1942) Alexander Romanovich Belyaev was a Soviet Russian writer of science fiction. His works from the 1920s and 1930s made him a highly regarded figure in Russian science fiction, often referred to as ...more

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Alexander Grin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 52 (1880-1932) Aleksandr Stepanovich Grinevskii was a Russian writer, notable for his romantic novels and short stories, mostly set in an unnamed fantasy land with a European or Latin American flavor. Most of ...more

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Alexander Prokhanov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 80 Alexander Andreyevich Prokhanov is a Soviet and Russian writer, a member of the secretariat of the Writers Union of the Russian Federation and the author of more than 30 novels and short story ...more

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Alexandra Marinina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 60 Alexandra Marinina Russian: Алекса́ндра Мари́нина is a best-selling Russian writer of detective stories.

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Andrei Bely is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 54 (1880-1934) Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev, better known by the pen name Andrei Bely, was a Russian novelist, poet, theorist, and literary critic. His novel Petersburg was regarded by Vladimir Nabokov as one of ...more

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Andrei Platonov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 52 (1899-1951) Andrei Platonov was the pen name of Andrei Platonovich Klimentov, a Soviet author whose works anticipate existentialism. Although Platonov was a Communist, his works were banned in his own ...more

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Boris Akunin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 61 Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, a Russian writer of Georgian origin. He is best known as writer of detective and historical fiction, but he's also an essayist ...more

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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 70 (1890-1960) Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential ...more

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Boris Strugatsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 79 (1933-2012) Boris Strugatsky was an author.

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Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 73 (1924-1997) Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called ...more

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Daniil Andreyev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 53 (1906-1959) Daniil Leonidovich Andreyev was a Russian writer, poet, and Christian mystic.

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Daniil Granin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 99 Daniil Alexandrovich Granin, original family name German, is an author born in the former Soviet Union. Granin started writing in the 1930s, while he was still an engineering student at the ...more

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Dmitri Lipskerov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Dmitri Lipskerov age 54 Dmitri Mikhailovich Lipskerov is a Russian writer and dramatist.

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Dmitry Merezhkovsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 76 (1865-1941) Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky was a Russian novelist, poet, religious thinker, and literary critic. A seminal figure of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry, regarded as a co-founder of the ...more

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Eduard Limonov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 75 Eduard Limonov is Russian writer and political dissident. Founder and former leader of the banned National Bolshevik Party. An opponent of Vladimir Putin, Limonov is one of the leaders of The ...more

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Ekaterina Sedia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 47 Ekaterina Sedia was born in Russia on July 9, 1970. She immigrated to the United States and attended college in New Jersey to obtain her Ph.D. She is best known as a fantasy author. Her most ...more

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Elsa Triolet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 74 (1896-1970) Elsa Yur'evna Triolet, born Ella Kagan, was a French writer.

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Evgeny Shvarts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 62 (1896-1958) Evgeny Lvovich Shvarts was a Soviet writer and playwright whose cult works include twenty-five plays and screenplays for three films.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 60 (1821-1881) Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human ...more

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Ivan Goncharov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 79 (1812-1891) Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov was a Russian novelist best known for his novels A Common Story, Oblomov, and The Precipice. He also served in many official capacities, including the position of ...more

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Ivan Turgenev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 65 (1818-1883) Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His first major publication, a short story collection entitled A Sportsman's Sketches, was a milestone of ...more

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Ivan Yefremov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 64 (1908-1972) Ivan Antonovich Yefremov, last sometimes spelled Efremov, was a Soviet paleontologist, science fiction author and social thinker. He originated taphonomy, the study of fossilization patterns.

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Kir Bulychov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 69 (1934-2003) Kir Bulychov or Bulychev was a pen name of Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko, a Soviet Russian science fiction writer and historian. His magnum opus is a children's science fiction series Alisa ...more

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Konstantin Fedin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Konstantin Fedin Died at 85 (1892-1977) Konstantin Aleksandrovich Fedin was a Russian novelist and literary functionary.

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 82 (1828-1910) Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short ...more

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Leonid Leonov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 95 (1899-1994) Leonid Maximovich Leonov was a Soviet novelist and playwright. He has been dubbed the 20th-century Dostoyevsky for the deep psychological torment of his prose.

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Lyudmila Ulitskaya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 75 Lyudmila Evgenyevna Ulitskaya is one of the most widely read and internationally acclaimed modern Russian novelist and short-story writer who, in 2014, was awarded the prestigious Austrian State ...more

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Maria Rybakova is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 45 Maria Aleksadrovna Rybakova is a Russian writer, whose works are published in multiple languages.

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Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokh... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 79 (1905-1984) Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov was a Soviet/Russian novelist and winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is known for writing about life and fate of Don Cossacks during Russian ...more

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Mikhail Lermontov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 27 (1814-1841) Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, a Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter, the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin's death in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism. ...more

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Mikhail Zagoskin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 63 (1789-1852) Mikhail Nikolayevich Zagoskin, was a Russian writer of social comedies and historical novels. Zagoskin was born in the village of Ramzay in Penza Oblast. He began his official career as a ...more

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Nikolai Ostrovsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 32 (1904-1936) Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky was a Soviet socialist realist writer. He is best known for his renowned novel How the Steel Was Tempered on the Russian Civil War.

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Nikolay Chernyshevsky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 61 (1828-1889) Nikolay Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky was a Russian revolutionary democrat, materialist philosopher, critic, and socialist. He was the leader of the revolutionary democratic movement of the 1860s, ...more

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Oleg Pavlov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Oleg Pavlov age 48 Oleg Pavlov was born in Moscow in 1970. He is a prominent Russian writer and winner of the Russian Booker Prize. His first novel, Captain of the Steppe, has been translated into English and ...more

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Pavel Ivanovich Melnikov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Pavel Ivanovich Melnikov Died at 65 (1818-1883) Pavel Ivanovich Melnikov was a Russian writer, known for his opera magna In the Forests and On the Hills, which describe the unique life of Transvolga and its dialects.

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Peretz Smolenskin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Peretz Smolenskin Died at 43 (1842-1885) Peretz Smolenskin, was a Russian Jewish novelist who wrote in Hebrew. Peretz Smolenskin was born in Monastyrshchina, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire. His family came from Smolensk. His older ...more

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Pyotr Valuyev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 75 (1815-1890) Count Pyotr Aleksandrovich Valuev, was a Russian statesman and writer.

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Sasha Sokolov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 74 Sasha Sokolov is a paradoxical writer of Russian literature. He became known worldwide in the 1970s after his first novel A School for Fools had been published by Ardis Publishing in the US, and ...more

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Sergei Kalitin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Sergei Kalitin age 57

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Valentin Pikul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Valentin Pikul Died at 62 (1928-1990) Valentin Savvich Pikul was a popular and prolific Soviet historical novelist of Ukrainian-Russian heritage. He lived and worked in Riga. Pikul's novels were grounded in extensive research, ...more

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Vasily Aksyonov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Vasily Aksyonov Died at 77 (1932-2009) Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov was a Soviet and Russian novelist. He is known in the West as the author of The Burn and Generations of Winter, a family saga depicting three generations of the Gradov ...more

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Victor Erofeyev is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 70 Victor Vladimirovich Erofeyev is a Russian writer. As son of a high-ranking Soviet diplomat Vladimir Erofeyev, he spent some of his childhood in Paris, which accounts for why much of his work ...more

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Victor Pelevin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 55 Victor Olegovich Pelevin is a Russian fiction writer, the author of novels "Omon Ra", "Chapayev and Void" and "Generation P". He is a laureate of multiple literary ...more

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Viktor Astafiyev is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Viktor Astafiyev Died at 77 (1924-2001) Viktor Petrovich Astafyev also spelled Astafiev or Astaf'ev, was a Soviet and Russian writer of short stories and novels.

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Vladimir Makanin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
age 81 Vladimir Semyonovich Makanin is a Russian writer.

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Novelists from Russia
Died at 78 (1899-1977) Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a Russian-American novelist. While Nabokov's first nine novels were in Russian, he later rose to international prominence as a writer of English prose. He also ...more